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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Maria João Rosa

Maria João Rosa
Head of Unit
Phone: 218 443 625

Professional Situation

  • Head of the Urban Water Unit
  • Coordinator of the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory (LNEC/NES)
  • Senior Researcher

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 1995 – PhD Chemical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL), Portugal.
  • 1989 – Graduation (Dipl. Ing.) in Chemical Engineering (5 years), IST/UTL, Portugal.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Jan/2015 – … - Head of the Urban Water Unit (NES) – DHA/LNEC
  • Mar/2014 – … - Coordinator of the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory, LNEC EM Testing and Metrology
  • Dec/2006 – … - Senior researcher – LNEC, DHA/NES
  • Jun/2005-Dec/2006 – Associate Professor – University of Algarve
  • Fev/1997-Mai/2005 – Assistant Professor – University of Algarve

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Drinking water quality and treatment
  • Wastewater treatment and water reclamation and reuse
  • Advanced technologies (membrane filtration, adsorption, hybrid processes, flotation, oxidation)
  • Performance indicators and indices for water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs)
  • Energy efficiency in WTPs/WWTPs and strategic asset management
  • Control of contaminants of emerging concern, pharmaceutical compounds, cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, natural organic matter and disinfection by-products

Research and Professional Activity

  • Editor of "Águas & Resíduos” journal (2016-…)
  • Guest Editor for Water special issue on "Advanced Technologies for Water Reclamation and Reuse" (2020-2021)
  • Guest Co-Editor for Sustainability special issue on "Sanitation, pollution control and water management" (2020-2021)
  • Member of the Management Committee of IWA Water Reuse Specialist Group (MC Representatives - Portugal) (2008-…)
  • Portuguese delegate for ISO/TC282 Water Reuse (2014-…), former ISO/PC253 (2010-2013)
  • Member of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2011 - …)
  • President of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2011-2016)
  • Vice-President of APESB, the Portuguese Association for Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (2015-2018; 2007-2011)
Led 33 projects and participated in other 21 projects (national and international), e.g.:
  • 2015- ... p2i Water in the city. Transition for the cities of tomorrow. NES (Urban water unit of LNEC) strategic research framework project
  • 2020-2024. B-watersmart: Accelerating Water Smartness in Coastal Europe. H2020-EU.3.5.4. & H2020-EU.3.5.2.2, Grant agreement ID: 869171 (coordination of LNEC participation and Lisbon Living Lab mentor)
  • 2017-2020. iEQTA: National Initiative for Energy, Water Quality and Treatment (Coordinator)
  • 2016-2019. LIFE Impetus: Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants (Coordinator) WEX Global 2019 award for "Innovation in Technology” (March 2019), PT Global water award 2019 for R+D+i (December 2019)
  • 2017-2018. LIS-Water – Lisbon International Centre for Water (H2020 Teaming), a centre of excellence on public policies, regulation and management of water services and resources (core team member)
  • 2013-2016. LIFE HyMemb: Tailoring hybrid membrane processes for sustainable drinking water production (www.life-hymemb.eu) (Coordinator) "a Best LIFE ENV project 2016-2017

Scientific Orientation

  • Post-Doctoral fellows: 7
  • PhD theses: 7 concluded, 2 ongoing
  • Master Theses and Graduation theses: 55
  • Visiting PhD students: 1
  • Staff Mobility for Training: 1
  • Project research grants: +756 person*month

Relevant Publications

530+ publications (h-index 21).
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa M. J. (2021). Adsorption/Coagulation/Ceramic Microfiltration for Treating Challenging Waters for Drinking Water Production. Membranes 11(2) 91. doi.org/10.3390/membranes11020091
  • Viegas R.M.C., Campinas M., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa M. J. (2021). Hybrid Process of Adsorption/Coagulation/Ceramic MF for Removing Pesticides in Drinking Water Treatment—Inline vs. Contact Tank PAC Dosing. Membranes 11(2) 72. doi.org/10.3390/membranes11020072
  • Campinas M., Silva C., Viegas R.M.C., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa, M. J. (2020). To what extent may pharmaceuticals and pesticides be removed by PAC conventional addition to low-turbidity surface waters and what are the potential bottlenecks? Journal of Water Process Engineering. 101833. doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101833
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Silva C., Lucas H., Rosa M.J. (2021) Operational performance and cost analysis of PAC/ceramic MF for drinking water production: exploring treatment capacity as a new indicator for performance assessment and optimization. Separation and Purification Technology 255, 117443. doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2020.117443
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mestre A.S., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Andrade M., Carvalho A.P., Rosa M.J. (2020) Assessing the applicability of a new carob waste-derived powdered activated carbon to control pharmaceutical compounds in wastewater treatment. Science of the Total Environment 743. 140791. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140791
  • Ribau Teixeira M., Rosa M.J., Sorlini S., Biasibetti M., Christophoridis C., Edwards C. (2020) Removal of Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins by Conventional Physical-chemical Treatment. Chap. 3 In Water Treatment for Purification from Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins. Eds. A.E. Hiskia, T.M. Triantis, M.G. Antoniou, T. Kaloudis, D.D. Dionysiou. Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-92865-3, 69-98. doi.org/10.1002/9781118928677.ch3
  • Giacobbo A., Soares E.V., Moura Bernardes A., Rosa M.J., Pinho M.N. (2020) Atenolol removal by nanofiltration: a case-specific mass transfer correlation. Wat. Sci. & Technol. 81.2, 210-216. https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2020.073
  • Silva C., Rosa M.J. (2020) Performance assessment of 23 wastewater treatment plants - a case study, Urban Water Journal, doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2020.1734634
  • Loureiro D., Silva C., Cardoso M.A., Mamade A., Alegre H., Rosa M.J. (2020) The Development of a Framework for Assessing the Energy Efficiency in Urban Water Systems and Its Demonstration in the Portuguese Water Sector. Water 12(1). 14 pp. doi: 10.3390/w12010134
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Rosa M.J. (2020) Pilot studies and cost analysis of hybrid powdered activated carbon / ceramic microfiltration for controlling pharmaceutical compounds and organic matter in water reclamation. Water 12(1). 13 pp. doi:10.3390/w12010033
  • Giacobbo A., Moura Bernardes A., Rosa M.J., Pinho M.N. (2018) Concentration Polarization in Ultrafiltration/Nanofiltration for the Recovery of Polyphenols from Winery Wastewaters. Membranes 8(3) 46, 11 pp. doi.10.3390/membranes8030046
  • Silva C., Saldanha Matos J., Rosa M.J. (2016) Performance indicators and indices of sludge management in urban wastewater treatment plants. J. Environmental Management, 184(2) 307-317.  doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.09.056

Other scientific and technical Activities

  • Member of PhD (21) and MSc (10) evaluation panels and 5 PhD advisory boards
  • Referee for 24 ISI journals
  • Session Chairperson and member of the Scientific Board of national (e.g. ENASB) and international congresses (e.g. IWA World Water Congress, IWA REUSE, SILUBESA)
  • Member of FCT evaluation panels for PhD (2011-2013, 2018, 2019) and Post-doc Grants’ funding (2011-2013)
  • Member of evaluation panels for international projects’ funding (Norway, France)
  • Member of the Jury of the Portuguese annual awards on service quality of water, wastewater and wastes utilities (2011-2015)
  • Coordination and teaching of short courses (7-21 h) on water quality and treatment held at LNEC, in companies and abroad

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